Budget 2015 - Your Money Counts
Date Added: 13/01/2015
Following an extensive public consultation involving some 2,500 residents, Central Bedfordshire Council’s members have developed a draft budget for 2015/16. As a key stakeholder of the council, I would like to invite you to comment on our proposals.
Throughout the whole budget-setting process we are keen to ensure that communities' views are at the heart of our plans. The feedback we have received so far has helped to shape the draft budget, which includes:
• Not raising the council’s share of council tax in 2015/16, the fifth such year we have done so
• Protecting front-line services by focusing on making efficiency savings. These include cutting overheads and finding more efficient ways of doing things as well as generating income by trading council services
• Focusing on and investing in leisure, care and support services which help residents to live independently in their own homes rather than relying on residential care
• Investing considerable sums in social care, children’s services and community services such as roads and transport
A summary of the draft budget and information about how you can comment on the proposals are attached with this email. Copies of this consultation document is available on the council’s website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/budget2015 and at council offices in Biggleswade, Chicksands, Dunstable, and Leighton Buzzard. The addresses can be found on our website – www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/address.
It is important that as many residents as possible get the chance to have their say about the draft budget, and we need your help to make sure that happens. We will be sending posters and copies of the consultation document to you to promote this consultation with your communities.
The draft budget will be discussed by the Executive and Overview and Scrutiny committees during January. The budget papers are available on our website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/budget2015
There will of course be the chance to discuss the draft budget with us at the next Town and Parish Council Conference on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Please contact Peter Fraser on 0300 300 6740, or email [email protected] to confirm your attendance.
The council’s Executive will use all of the feedback from the consultation exercise to agree its final budget which it will then recommend for final approval by full council.
Tuesday, 13 January Executive considers draft budget
Tuesday, 20 January Town and Parish Council Conference
20-27 January Overview and Scrutiny committees consider draft budget and feed in their views
Tuesday, 3 February Closing date for consultation
Tuesday, 10 February Executive agrees final budget and recommends to council
Thursday, 26 February Full council approves final budget and sets council tax